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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Pritzker serves up ice cream in Crystal Lake

Candidate says Illinois needs to gain residents, not lose them

J.B. Pritzker (right) and McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks greet Kerri Weisz of Crystal Lake and her children Tuesday at Main Beach in Crystal Lake.
J.B. Pritzker (right) and McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks greet Kerri Weisz of Crystal Lake and her children Tuesday at Main Beach in Crystal Lake.

J.B. Pritzker made an unexpected stop in Crystal Lake on Tuesday – and brought plenty of ice cream to keep locals cool.

The Democratic candidate, who is running against Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner in the November election, stopped by Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Drive.

“I’m here to meet folks and listen,” Pritzker said.

Pritzker said he’s committed to lowering property taxes.

“We’ve got to lower local property taxes, because McHenry [County]’s got some of the highest in the nation,” Pritzker said.

Pritzker said change is crucial in preventing residents from moving away.

“The two best things we can do to keep people in the state of Illinois, of course, are to create jobs and lower local property taxes,” he said. “They are very important, particularly for McHenry County, which is so close to Wisconsin. It is easy for people to just to get up and leave, and we need people to stay. In fact, we need people to come to Illinois.”

Pritzker was joined by McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks on Tuesday.

“He’s going to make McHenry County prosperous again,” Franks said.

Marsha White of Crystal Lake said she was happy Pritzker stopped by.

“I’d love to meet him. I think I know I’m going to vote for him, but I’d love the opportunity to meet him in person,” she said.

Plus, she said, the ice cream was tasty.

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